The People of the Valley
The Musée de l’Homme is highlighting the Palawan people through the photographs of Pierre de Vallombreuse. Secluded in a valley on the eponymously named island in the Southwest Philippines, the Palawan, a small community of cultivators and hunter-gatherers, was once extremely isolated. In the 1990s, however, a road built along the coast led to an influx of immigrants from the rest of the Philippine archipelago that radically altered their environment and their lifestyle. Today the Palawan face another challenge: the interests of large industrial companies. In "Le peuple de la vallée" (The People of the Valley), de Vallombreuse, who spent more than three and a half years living among the Palawan, presents intimate portraits of these people and their close relationship with their majestic natural environment.
Pierre Dartevelle: 50 Years
An exhibition at Lempertz showcases for the first time the exceptional collection of inveterate dealer Pierre Dartevelle. He spent a great deal of time in Central Africa beginning in the middle of the 1960s and was, among other things, the discoverer of Hemba statuary. The approximately 100 objects shown span areas of the Congo such as Shaba, Kasaï, and the Lower Congo. Material from the latter is among the strongest suits of his collection. Songye figures; Lega masks; Lower Congo fetishes; wood, bronze, and ivory objects; and spectacular effigies all give us insight into the mind of a man with a consuming passion for the traditional arts of Africa. Laurent Jacob, who was also co-curator for the exhibition on Edmond Dartevelle (Pierre’s father) at the Musée Président Jacques Chirac in 2010, is responsible for putting together this show. He is assisted here by Tim Teuten of Lempertz auction house, where the show is being presented, who adds his expertise to the subject.
Unlike the Tequesta, or even their ancestors the Creeks, the Florida Seminoles are not a particularly ancient people, having emerged from various Native American groups who migrated south to the Everglades about 200 years ago. Like South Florida itself, they are a blend with multicultural ancestry. The Seminoles developed their unique culture in the extreme environment of the River of Grass and remained strongly independent. They are the only Native American tribe never to have signed a treaty with the United States Government. "Enduring Beauty: Seminole Art and Culture" will present traditional articles of adornment and domestic crafts produced by Seminoles from the early nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, highlighted by historic paintings, prints, and photographs that document individuals, families, and the Seminole way of life over the past two centuries. Drawing from the collection of I. S. K. Reeves V and Sara W. Reeves, the exhibition features embroidered and beaded bandolier bags, moccasins, sashes, and leggings; men’s shirts and jackets and women’s skirts and capes, all with traditional appliqué, embroidery, and patchwork motifs; beaded necklaces; baskets; and costumed dolls. More info on: www.omart.org
The Power of Gold
"The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana" offers a dazzling vision of more than 200 gleaming gold items of regalia, colorful and intricately woven silk kente cloth, ceremonial furniture, state swords, linguist staffs, and other significant objects related to Asante royals from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Founded around 1700 with wealth derived from the gold trade with North Africa and Europe, the Asante Kingdom was a powerful polity in West Africa. Together these explore the unique role and impact of gold on the development of Asante society, economy, and arts. Curated by Roslyn A. Walker, the DMA’s senior curator of the arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific, "The Power of Gold" is inspired by works in the DMA’s collection and will feature objects from private and public collections.
Flows of Form - Forms of Flow
How can we shape a shared future for design while taking the past into account? This is the question that Kossi Aguessy asks and that serves as the basis for the Museum für Völkerkunde’s current exhibition, on view through August 19. While the models used in pop culture to invent the future are invariably Eurocentric, Aguessy wonders if non-Western arts might, using their own cultural heritage and aesthetics as a starting point, revolutionize the question of design that is so central today, especially amid increasing awareness that design draws upon everything that constitutes our environment. The exhibition elucidates the history of this context by considering its constituents from a fresh and hitherto unexplored perspective, notably in the fi rst section of the show that juxtaposes early twentieth-century African objects with European design pieces. Flow of Forms goes beyond objects to investigate and reflect on the impact that a new history can have on social for political change in communities, especially those of rural Africa.
After a long journey during which it was seen in venues around the world—from Bogotá to several venues in China—the Bowers Museum’s special exhibition featuring selections from its Native American collection will finally be on view in its own facility from April 7 until August 19, 2018. "First Americans: Tribal Art from North America" includes artwork representative of native peoples from the Arctic North, the Northwest Coast, California, the Southwest, and the Great Plains. Highlights include what may be the earliest example of a transitional Navajo First Phase chief‘s blanket, a particularly early and fine Hopi katsina doll, a rare Seri feathered kilt from Baja California, a Lakota eagle feather headdress, and a Tlingit oystercatcher rattle.
Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America
Baskets were one of the first art forms in the Americas, with basket fragments found in California and the Southwest dating to 9,400 years ago. Over the millennia, native North Americans developed elaborate techniques and intricate designs worked in local materials, from sweetgrass in Florida to black ash in the Northeast and deer grass in California, among many others. These materials were sacred to their makers and those who used these special containers. So too was the way each was made with coiling, especially poignant, symbolizing for many groups the path of human emergence from inside earth and the movement of the spirits between realms. This display in the Art of the Americas' galleries explores the intersection between material, making, and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic.
The Náprstek Museum in Prague is holding an exhibition devoted to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. "Indians" brings together objects collected by Czech explorers and researchers, supported by large-scale photographs and audio and video clips. The show’s first section acquaints visitors with North America through displays focusing on the buffalo hunt of the Great Plains, the geometric pottery designs and the secret ceremonies of the Pueblos, Navajo jewelry, and the hunter-gatherer culture of the Iroquois. Also included here are Inuit objects, including their signature kayaks, igloos, and hooded parkas. The show’s second part is devoted to the past and present cultures of South America. It examines the road to El Dorado, the mythical land imagined by the European conquistadors, and the very real discoveries of archaeological sites in the Andes and at Lake Guatavita. Included is a recreation of the coronation of a new leader. Indians expounds upon the history, lives, and spiritual practices of the native peoples of two American continents. More info on: www.nm.cz.
In this exhibition, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon is offering a fresh look at its anthropological and natural history collections. This is a rare opportunity to travel through time to see how those collections were formed and how they have contributed to scientific research. The exhibition opens with the eighteenth century, a time when, within the contexts of exploration and colonization, objects from around the world developed scientific relevance. Explorers of all kinds collected innumerable objects from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Masks, items of clothing, weapons, utilitarian objects, and items intended for ritual use began to be used to document hitherto unknown lands. Private collectors and dealers in antiques and natural history specimens became important sources and donors for the museum. Ultimately, the intent of the exhibition is to explore what the museum holdings are today and what the patrimony of the future will be.
New Caledonian Trajectories
The Musée Anne-de-Beaujeu is presenting some 100 objects selected from its non-European art collection. Including artworks never before exhibited, as well as others borrowed from prestigious institutions such as the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac and the Musée des Confluences, "Trajectoires Kanak. Histoires de voyages en Nouvelle-Calédonie" (Kanak Trajectories: Histories of Voyages in New Caledonia) explores three events in New Caledonian history. The first is the story of French colonist Léon Moncelon, who moved to New Caledonia with his family in 1873. This is followed by that of Pierre Poyti, a mixed-blood New Caledonian, who was raised in France, and, finally, by that of the New Caledonian chief Poindi-Patchili, who resisted European settlement of his territory. A group of thirty-six New Caledonian weapons, including paddles, clubs, spear throwers, and clubs that Moncelon collected and gave to the museum is presented along with artifacts associated with Poindi-Patchili. These objects lend insight into the figures on the New Caledonian scene in the late nineteenth century—the autochthonous people, the colonials, the missionaries, and the scientists. The exhibition also sheds light on the expeditions into the region and describes the environment, ritual universe, and ornaments of the New Caledonian people. More info on: http://musees.allier.fr.